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Danish National Archives

Notes for the use of

and the original data sources in the

Danish National Archives


Click here for expert help

by Orval Skousen


This website is in Danish, but can be used by an English speaking person if you are willing to learn a few Danish words.  The following is a suggested outline of procedure in using the website.  It is of course not the only way to approach its use.


1.  To Begin:  After entering the site, Click on the Blue “English” at the bottom of the left upper column of words (the cursor turns to a hand over the word).  This will give you some directions and words that you need to know.  This is the only English portion of the Website.

2.  To Register Registration is free, but you must be registered to use the site.  Click on the “Ny bruger” (2nd word above English and means New user.)  On the new page, Click 0n  Opret ny bruger” (Create new user.)

3.  Fill Out the form:  Click the circle in front of  Oprette”

Fornavn          First name

Efternavn        Last name

Addresse       Street address

Postnr.            Zip Code                By            City & State

Land                USA



When the form is filled in, click on “Send” at the bottom.  You will receive a password by email at the email address you have listed. 


4.  Login:  When you have received the password, login to the site by entering your email address and password in the upper right hand corner.

 Search the Church Books: 
Click on “Søg i kirkebøger” and on the next page Click on it again. On the next page, you will need to know the "Amt" (county) and the “Sogn” (parish) that you want to search in. Enter those two names by selecting them from the drop down menu activated by the down arrow by the side of the input place (you don't need to know the "Herred" (district).  As soon as you have entered the Sogn, a table of files appears on the page.  Each file has a “Fra” and “Til” (from and to) date followed by X's.  Each X represents the represents the information in the church books in that file of images.

F stands for fødte born (birth and christening (døbt records)
K stands for konfirmerede confirmed (at age 14 usually)
V stands for viede married (in the records it may say copulerede)
D stands for døde dead (in the records it may say begravet, buried)
J stands for jævnførelser comparison (you will probably not look here)
T stands for tilgangslister those moving into the parish
A afgangslister those moving out of the parish

6.  Look in the Records:  Click on the Sogn name that is underlined for the file that you are interested in. Page 1 of the image will be displayed.  In the upper left of the page is a field that shows the page number being displayed and the number of pages in the file to the right.  Use the up and down arrows or type the number in the field that you think you want to go to.  Then practice reading the old script.  Good luck.  If you can look for someone that you already have the information on, it will help you learn to know the script because you will know what you are looking for and more easily recognize it. 

7.  Search the Census:  Click on “Søg i folketællinger” then proceed in a way very similar to searching the church books.  These are the actual census records and I think they are more difficult to work in than the church books.  There is another site that lets you search the censuses and displays printed results that is much easier to use.  It is  and there is another information sheet on that site.

This website and contents have been tested by the National Archives only with Windows Explorer using the Window XP operating system.  I use Mozilla Firefox and have had no problems. 

If you have the program “Quicktime” installed and are experiencing problems, exit the Quicktime by right clicking on the Blue Q in the lower right hand corner of your screen (you may have to click on the “<<” symbols to see it) and clicking on exit.  It will be back the next time you restart your computer.

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